Pain and limited function of the locomotor system are the most common reasons for visiting a doctor or therapist. Muscles play a key part in these presentations as a result of their function and anatomy with current research suggesting that muscle imbalance, muscle tension and painful functional disorders are at the forefront when it comes to acute or chronic symptoms. The clinical correlate with all such symptoms is the myofascial trigger point.
Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment examines all aspects of muscle physiology and the pathogenesis of myofascial pain. The book provides valuable advice on diagnosis and differential diagnosis and contains detailed, practice-oriented information and numerous illustrations of the various therapeutic procedures for the treatment of myofascial trigger points
Prepared by experts from throughout the world, Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment will be ideal for all manual therapists, physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths.
"I'm happy to say that this book is excellent and addresses all my concerns!" Reviewed by InTouch (Physio First's journal) , Jan 2015
Section 1 The background
1 Guide to the book
4 Etiology of myofascial pain syndrome
5 The anatomy and physiology of the muscles
7 The trigger point as expression of a functional disorder of the locomotor system
8 Trigger points and myofascial pain - acupuncture points and meridian system
9 Myofascial trigger points and fascia
10 Fibromyalgia syndrome
11 Myofascial trigger points and somatoform pain
12 Integrated holistic consideration of the muscles
13 Diagnosis of myofascial pain
14 Differential diagnosis
Section 2 Treatment of myofascial pain
15 Principles of treatment
16 Peculiarities of doctor-patient relationship with chronic pain
17 Selection of suitable treatments
18 Manual therapies and physiotherapeutic procedures
19 Treatment concept - myofascial trigger point therapy
20 Physical procedures
21 Trigger point infiltration
22 Acupuncture and related procedures
23 Complementary and alternative therapy methods and naturopathic treatments
24 Relaxation techniques - body and mind
25 Systemic pharmacotherapy
Section 3 Muscles and trigger points
27 Throat, neck and shoulder region
28 Shoulder and upper arm
29 Elbow, forearm and hand
30 Thoracic spine and thorax
32 Lumbar spine, pelvis and hip region (pelvic girdle)
33 Hip, thigh and knee
34 Lower leg and foot
Dominik Irnich, MD, is Head of the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at the University of Munich and Visiting Lecturer at various Universities and Intuitions across Germany, Europe and the USA.
Dr Irnich holds a Certificate of Acupuncture, a Certificate of Chinese Massage and a Certificate of Qigong (China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine), a Certificate of Acupuncture (A, B) of the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA) and a Certificate of Natural Medicine (Naturopathy) of KneippÄrztebund and is a practicing acupuncturist.
Dr. Irnich is a member of faculty at different institutions: German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA), Acupuncture Course at Julius-Maximilians-University of Regensburg, KneippÄrztebund, Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
His fields of research include basic science research (physiology of peripheral nociception including acupuncture) and clinical research on acupuncture and pain (research methodology, clinical effectiveness). Dr Irnich has published 34 original papers, 19 chapters in different textbooks, proceedings, reviews and editorials, 43 abstracts of poster and oral presentations and has given more than 100 invited lectures.